How to Bring Your LBD to the Next Level

Lady in Black

“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little black dress.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

The famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has explained a lot with this statement. A little black dress is the staple of every woman’s wardrobe, and a piece that answers the ever-present question “What should I wear?” almost every time. What makes the little black dress so amazing is that it can be made so versatile with some clever styling. It can also be found in many different styles and fabrics. Here are some tips that should help you upgrade your favorite dress and strike the perfect balance between timeless and modern.

Fabulously Furry

A basic LBD can be easily transformed into elegant wear with luxurious textures. And what can be more luxurious than fur (or faux fur, if that is more your cup of tea)? Try a soft furry coat, a vest or a furry statement clutch.

Rock ’n’ Roll, Babe!

Rock a little black dress by giving it a true rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Wear a body-embracing or A-line leather mini dress, but if you don’t want your outfit to be deemed as too tough, include some feminine accessories and details. Those can be a feminine updo, berry shade lipstick, lightweight sandals, etc.

A Pop of Color

The simplest way to update a little black dress is to add a pop of color to your outfit through accessories or footwear. You can try with the most classic combination – red stilettos and an LBD, or try with something a bit more modern like a piece of accessory (shoes, bag, belt, jewelry) in Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery.

A Head-Turner

A little black dress is such a classic piece, but that doesn’t mean that fashion designers didn’t try to experiment with it and make it spunkier. You can find a lot of interesting black dresses for sale, from sparkly and racerback to cutouts and fringes.
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

If there is one LBD no one can forget, that is definitely the Hubert de Givenchy’s model Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It is never a bad idea to take your inspiration from this iconic look. So, take your favorite little black dress and pair it up with black elbow-length gloves and a string of pearls.

Back to the Future

If you don’t want to travel this far to the past, why don’t you consider going further into the future? Enrich your LBD with some futuristic jewelry, such as a metallic chocker necklace and bangle. You can also opt for some geometric shapes.

Ouch, That’s Tight(s)!

It doesn’t matter if your little black dress is frilly or sleek, its look can always be upgraded with a pair of creative tights. Try with polka dots, net or even georgette fabric. Just don’t go overboard with combining too many different patterns. Also, keep in mind the time of the day and the occasion – maybe you can wear black tights with colorful polka dots at the mall when shopping in the daytime, but you can’t opt for the same outfit for a black-tie party.

Welcome to the Jungle

Did someone say “glam-up”? Cause we’ve got the thing for you – animal print. Refresh your all-black combo with a pair of leopard-printed stilettos, cheetah-printed clutch, or even combine the first and last tip and dress up with a zebra-printed fur coat.

A little black dress is the perfect starting point for creating masterpieces out of your outfits. Don’t be afraid to try a few different styles and find the one that suits you the best.

Peter Minkoff

Peter is beauty and fashion writer for HighStyleLife magazine, living between London and Brisbane. Beside writing, he loves cooking, creating DIY cosmetics and to travel around tropical destinations. Follow Peter on Twitter for more beauty and fashion tips.

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